December 2nd, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Pushpa Basnet of Nepal 2012 CNN Hero of the Year



(Los Angeles) December 2, 2012– The Hollywood community came out in full force on Sunday night for the Sixth Annual CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, as host Anderson Cooper revealed that Pushpa Basnet, of Kathmandu, Nepal, is the 2012 CNN “Hero of the Year.”

Earlier in the evening, Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon presented Basnet with an award as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012. Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes received $50,000 in recognition of their work, and Basnet’s nonprofit, the Early Childhood Development Center, will receive an additional $250,000 grant.

Basnet, shocked to learn that children were living in Nepali prisons with their parents, started the Early Childhood Development Center when she was only 21.  Since 2005, she has provided such support as housing, education, and medical care to more than 140 children of incarcerated parents. For more information on Basnet and the Early Childhood Development Centrer, please log on to:

Celebrities from film, television, music and sports took an active part in the prestigious event by presenting the awards and telling the individual heroes’ stories. Harvey Keitel opened the evening with a special message. The presenters of the Top 10 CNN Heroes awards were 50 Cent, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Viola Davis, Josh Duhamel, Jeff Gordon, Cullen Jones, Jane Lynch, Susan Sarandon, and Rainn Wilson.Additionally, David Spade,Rico Rodriguez, and Miranda Cosgrove honored three “Young Wonders” – children who have already made a difference in their communities.

Adding to the excitement of the evening, and in keeping with the event’s theme, three-time Grammy winner NE-YO performed his song ”Heroes,” while American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips treated the audience to his competition-winning hit song “Home.”

CNN Heroes is a multi-platform campaign that shines a spotlight on individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to serve others. The initiative has received more than 45,000 nominations from more than 100 countries and profiled over 180 everyday heroes doing extraordinary work.

New this year, the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide, has added to the prize package for the Top 10 CNN Heroes.  Annenberg will help selected CNN Heroes further their work. They will receive free training by The Annenberg Foundation with a customized version of its Annenberg Alchemy program, which provides practical guidance for nonprofit leaders in fundraising, communications, management of volunteers, and strategies to build and keep a strong board of directors.

Viewers may continue to donate to any of this year’s 10 honorees at  Through December 31, Google will waive all transaction fees, ensuring that 100% of those donations go directly to each Hero’s designated nonprofit.

This year’s CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute was sponsored by BP, GEICO, Humana, Johnson & Johnson, SERVPRO®, Subaru of America, Inc., and Tide.

For more information, including photos and video highlights from CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, plus information on all the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2012 please visit

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  1. Guru Ghimire

    Pushpa Basnet of Nepal is the 2012 CNN “Hero of the Year”

    December 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. X

    Congratulations Pushpa! Your work and seeing how it has inspired those in my life to get involved with helping the children of Nepal is amazing. May good things come to you, the ECDC, and the children you serve there!

    December 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tek Bahadur Chhetri

    Congratulation to all for making the CNN Hero to Pushpa Basnet of Nepal.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Hem Bardewa

    All credits goes to Nepalese who caste their precious votes for winning CNN Hero 2012...!!! hat's off PUSPA BASNET for being the glory of Nepal 🙂

    December 3, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ganesh shrestha

    she deserved that. we all love u puspa.. you make us our country Nepal proud..

    December 3, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. santosh khatiwada

    my vote counted this time... u deserve to win... congrats!!!

    December 3, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Gopal K Prajapati

    Congratulation Puspa, You are pride of our country Nepal.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dipendra dulal, Ilam

    I feel proud as a Nepali to find u the winner of CNN Hero. U r the idol of humanity. Congrats a lot, Puspa.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Neha Hada shrestha

    It's a great news to hear that a Nepali woman like Pushpa Basnet serves a poor ignorant children a bright future in such poor country like Nepal.Im proud of being Nepali woman.Thanks.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. sudip

    Congratulation pushpa. U r the real hero.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. kamal gaire

    congratulation, pushpa for your outstanding achievement from the core of my made me so proud.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. bom bahadur chetry

    congratulation pushpa basnet i think you are the iron lady of nepal and hero of cnn 2012

    December 4, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. santoshi

    congratulation pushpa u did fab job n u deserve its grate achievement for u n inspiration for us

    December 4, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply

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